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About the Hosts

Tarek El Moussa

After a successful career selling multi-million dollar mansions, Tarek found a new passion: flipping distressed properties.
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Christina El Moussa

A real estate agent with an eye for design, Christina is half of the husband-wife renovation team on Flip or Flop.
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About the Show

Tarek is a self-proclaimed real estate genius with determination and drive. Christina is Tarek's picture-perfect wife, who Tarek's friends still can't believe he landed. In each episode of Flip or Flop, Tarek and Christina flip a new property. From the nail-biting purchase at auction, to the frustrating renovations and maddening showings, to the giddy acceptance of an offer, we'll follow along as these two relatively novice flippers try their hand at the toughest game in town. From purchase to resale, weaving their personal lives within the story of the flip. From paying cash, sight unseen, for a property at auction, through the hapless remodeling process, to the frantic sale, this young couple is putting everything they have into this venture.

Episodes

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Season 3, Episode 13

A Pig In A Poke

Wednesday
Aug 19

8:30am | 7:30c

Season 2, Episode 10

A Neglected Flip

Tarek and Christina get a lead on a home in Anaheim, California that is being offered as a quick, all-cash sale with no inspections and no contingencies. This seems like a project that's right up their alley. But with a tenant still living in the property, Tarek and Christina can't see inside the home before deciding to make an offer and anything could be behind that front door. Will the unknown spell disaster or could a little tender loving care be all that's needed to reverse the woes of this neglected flip?

Tuesday
Aug 25

7pm | 6c

Season 2, Episode 12

Mid-Century Flip

Tarek and Christina get a lead on a home in Long Beach, California that sounds like the kind of project that has become their standard. But soon after walking the property and visiting a neighborhood comp, it becomes clear that this flip is anything but standard. The architecturally significant mid-century modern home will require Tarek and Christina to step out of their design and renovation comfort zones if they are to turn a profit on their investment. Can Tarek and Christina turn back time on their design aesthetic without inflating their budget or could a present-day flop be looming over this historic mid-century flip?

Tuesday
Aug 25

7:30pm | 6:30c

Season 3, Episode 4

A Dinky Flip

Tuesday
Aug 25

8pm | 7c

Season 3, Episode 14

Freeway Flip

Tuesday
Aug 25

8:30pm | 7:30c

Season 3, Episode 7

The Money Pit

Tuesday
Aug 25

9pm | 8c

Season 3, Episode 6

Thrifty vs. Glitzy

Tuesday
Aug 25

9:30pm | 8:30c

Season 3, Episode 9

Pipe Dreams

Tarek and Christina come across a For Sale By Owner property in Garden Grove, California. This type of sale is always exciting for a flipper because it means no real estate agent commissions and an opportunity to negotiate a fair sale price. The house is in good shape and looks to need only cosmetic repairs and improvements. But in the business of flipping, one can rarely judge an old house by its finishes and it is truly what's on the inside that counts. Can Tarek and Christina deal with the hidden problems of an old house or will their hopes of a fast and easy flip turn out to be nothing but pipe dreams?

Tuesday
Aug 25

11:30pm | 10:30c

Season 3, Episode 7

The Money Pit

Wednesday
Aug 26

12am | 11c

Season 3, Episode 6

Thrifty vs. Glitzy

Wednesday
Aug 26

12:30am | 11:30c

Season 3, Episode 9

Pipe Dreams

Tarek and Christina come across a For Sale By Owner property in Garden Grove, California. This type of sale is always exciting for a flipper because it means no real estate agent commissions and an opportunity to negotiate a fair sale price. The house is in good shape and looks to need only cosmetic repairs and improvements. But in the business of flipping, one can rarely judge an old house by its finishes and it is truly what's on the inside that counts. Can Tarek and Christina deal with the hidden problems of an old house or will their hopes of a fast and easy flip turn out to be nothing but pipe dreams?

Wednesday
Aug 26

2:30am | 1:30c

Season 3, Episode 4

A Dinky Flip

Wednesday
Aug 26

3am | 2c

Season 3, Episode 14

Freeway Flip

Wednesday
Aug 26

3:30am | 2:30c

Season 1, Episode 7

Inland Empire Cosmetic Nightmare

Tarek and Christina spot a large house in Ontario CA, going to auction for an opening bid 150K. But it's too far away to snoop and the auction starts in less than an hour. Based on comps, which are $240K-$260K, they take a leap of faith and head to the auction where they win the house for $180K. It's always nerve wracking to buy a house sight-unseen, but while walking through the house with their contractor, Dan Messina, it seems to be mostly cosmetic and can be done for 30K in 30 days. But after the work begins they find rotted wood, which leads to extensive termite damage. Will these termites destroy their budget to update the house? Will they be able to make the upgrades that will attract buyers? Or will they be forced to market this Inland Empire Cosmetic Nightmare as is.

Saturday
Aug 29

1pm | 12c

Season 1, Episode 8

The Bungalow Gamble

Tarek and Christina get a lead on a bank-owned (REO) property that is a small 1920's craftsman bungalow in Whittier, CA. They are able to tour the house prior to making an offer, and discover it needs a complete overhaul. It may not be worth flipping. But there is a studio in the back that doesn't seem to be included in the square footage on the listing. If the studio is permitted, it would be a major selling point for potential owners, who might want to offset their mortgage with a renter. They check with the city and discover that it is in fact permitted. And the bank accepts their all cash offer of $182,000. They want to flip this house in 30 days so work begins right away. On Day 1 they discover that the lead paint on the house must be dealt with according to EPA standards at an unexpected cost of 12 thousand dollars! Day 2 and it's a broken water main, which once again destroys the budget! With their profit margin getting gouged, Tarek and Christina hold their breath to see if this bungalow gamble will Flip or Flop.

Saturday
Aug 29

1:30pm | 12:30c

Season 1, Episode 11

A Flip With A View

Tarek and Christina decide to go big and invest in a Real Estate Owned, or banked owned, high-end hilltop home with a gorgeous view. They check their bank statements and realize that even after maxing out their credit cards, the only way they can cover the costs of rehab is to get Tarek's mother to invest by taking out a loan against her home equity. So, if they lose on this house, it will affect the whole family. Banking on the home's beautiful view, Tarek and Christina spend 20 thousand of their $50,000 rehab budget on landscaping, however, after they notice a crack in the foundation slab of the house, they realize that the home might be sinking down the hill along with their profits! With literally everything, and then some, invested, will this flip with a view have Tarek and his family sitting pretty, or tumbling down the hill towards bankruptcy?

Saturday
Aug 29

2pm | 1c

Season 1, Episode 5

Underwater Flip

Tarek and Christina spot a gorgeous family home in an upscale neighborhood in Cypress, CA. They tour the house with their contractor, Izzy Battres, to see if they want make an offer, and are pleased to discover that the house has a large open floor plan, a downstairs bedroom (perfect for an older family member or a nanny), a bonus family room as well as a large designated office space upstairs. However, Izzy begins to point out troubling signs of water damage that cannot be thoroughly investigated until they own the house, because it will mean ripping into walls. But Tarek and Christina think a home like this could sell for over $700,000, so, even in light of their contractor's warnings, they decide the potential profit margins are worth the risk, and they get the house for $490,000. Construction begins and they quickly discover that the water leaks have created a severe case of black mold, and the rehab costs skyrocket. Will the costs of fixing this mess eat onto their profits, or will leaking pipes leave them underwater?

Saturday
Aug 29

2:30pm | 1:30c

Season 1, Episode 13

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Tarek and Christina follow up on a large family home in Fullerton, CA that is listed for $389,000. They tour the house with their contractor and discover that it will need extensive rehab. Not only will the interior need a full remodel, but the whole roof will also need to be replaced, multiple balconies will need to rebuilt from scratch, and the crumbling driveway needs to be entirely re-poured. However, it might be worth it because Tarek thinks a house this nice, in this area, will sell over $600,000, giving them potentially huge profit margins. But, the 1960's floor plan could seriously hinder its sale price. So Tarek and Christina check out a neighboring home with the identical floor plan that has been recently updated. They like it so much that they decide to replicate the house by opening up their kitchen and master bathroom walls. If they can modernize this mid-century home, it will appeal to a higher end buyer, but the scale of this remodel is pricey. So they cannot afford any unforeseen delays especially because they have to cover $600 a month in HOA fees themselves, until they can finish the rehab and sell the house. Will keeping up with the Joneses make them Flip or Flop?

Saturday
Aug 29

3pm | 2c

Season 2, Episode 6

Flipper vs. Flipper

Tarek and Christina get a lead on a short sale listing in an upscale neighborhood that has just fallen out of escrow. The large home shows promise for profit and with a heftier-than-usual price tag of $700,000, Tarek and Christina will need financial help from their friend, real estate investor Pete de Best. But with two investors comes two sets of opinions and budgets and schedules suffer the consequences. Have Tarek and Christina taken on too much house and too much co-investor? Who will prevail in this battle of flipper vs. flipper?

Saturday
Aug 29

3:30pm | 2:30c

Season 2, Episode 11

A Risky Flip

Tarek and Christina spot a listing that seems too good to be true, and as is often the case, the house doesn't exactly match the potential it had in the listing. But even with a major surprise in the details about the house, Tarek and Christina still see an opportunity for profit and embark on a fast flip with a new contractor. Will Tarek and Christina's gamble on this home and a new contractor pay off big profits or will this turn out to be nothing more than a risky flip?

Saturday
Aug 29

4pm | 3c

Season 2, Episode 14

Hilltop Hangup

Tarek and Christina come across a short sale listing in a desirable, hilly neighborhood of La Mirada, California. Although its price as compared to recent sales in the area leaves a tighter profit margin than they would like, the 1990s home is newer than the investment properties they typically buy and shouldn't need as much renovation as a result. With Tarek and Christina's usual contractor tied up by their growing roster of flip properties, they turn to a new contractor who comes recommended by fellow flippers. Will this newer home and new contractor make for a straightforward flip or could surprise costs and small mistakes leave Tarek and Christina risking a flop on this hilltop hangup?

Saturday
Aug 29

4:30pm | 3:30c

Season 2, Episode 13

Ranch House of Ruin

Tarek and Christina come across a trust sale listing in Buena Park, California that looks very well-priced in comparison to recent sales in the area. After walking the home with their contractor and receiving a preliminary budget estimate, they're excited by the potential for profit. But as work begins and renovation costs rise on changing plans and hidden problems, their enticing profit margin appears to be on a downward spiral. Can Tarek and Christina rehabilitate this home into modern splendor or will mounting costs leave it to remain a ranch house of ruin?

Saturday
Aug 29

5pm | 4c

Season 3, Episode 12

Big Lot Little Flip

Saturday
Aug 29

5:30pm | 4:30c

Season 3, Episode 5

Toxic Flip

Saturday
Aug 29

6pm | 5c

Season 3, Episode 2

Abandoned Flip

Saturday
Aug 29

6:30pm | 5:30c

Season 1, Episode 2

Vandalized Foreclosure

Tarek and Christina have had their eyes on a short sale in Anaheim Hills for about a month, when suddenly it goes to foreclosure auction, so they jump on it for $430K. They arrive at the house for a walk through with their contractor and discover that the house has been vandalized! All the widows are broken, the hardwood floors are hammered, and there's graffiti and food all over the place! But worst of all, concrete was poured in the sinks, showers and toilets, destroying the plumbing in the house! Now their entire budget will be spent just fixing this damage, instead of doing the upgrades that would attract buyers. Will Tarek and Christina pull through this nightmare and flip this house? Or will this vandalized foreclosure sink their flipping business and make this a FLOP?

Tuesday
Sep 1

1pm | 12c

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